Peaceful Hands Yoga Update

Happy New Year – it’s Losar, Tibetan New Year!  “Losar Tashi Delek!” (That means I wish you good fortune in your new year.)

I like that Tibetan New Year usually falls near the start of spring. It just makes sense. It’s a time to start fresh, a time for renewal. And, with the warming temperatures outside, I can feel spring in my bones. Can’t you?

A couple Yoga reminders and an upcoming special Saturday workshop in March to tell you about.

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YES! Yoga Tonight, 4:30 & 6:00 pm

YES, there will be Yoga tonight, Wednesday 1/17, at Peaceful Hands.  4:30 & 6:00 pm.  The main roads are clear and most side roads are in good shape. (If yours aren’t, please don’t stress.)

I hope to see you!

And, here’s an interesting article from 2013 that discusses medical research into how Yoga helps support the immune system:  Yoga practices can have an almost immediate impact on gene expression, particularly in immune cells.

We’ll continue our practices focused on nourishing and nurturing the immune system tonight. I hope to see you!


No Yoga Tonight MONDAY, 1/8

There will be no Yoga classes at Peaceful Hands Yoga today. Very sorry for the short notice, but our sidewalk is already slick and there has been sleet in the area.  I wouldn’t want anyone out on icy roads or sidewalks just for class.

We’ll extend the session … and look forward to Wednesday’s class … it’s all about immune support!  Stay warm and safe today!

Carefulishously Yours, Jackie

Don’t Forget New Year’s Day Morning Yoga


These Were Woody Guthrie’s “New Year’s Rulin’s” For 1942

Number 31. Love Everybody.

If Woody was around today he would, I’m sure, have added …

34. Do More Yoga

And, I know he would start on New Year’s Day.

Start your year off at Peaceful Hands with a Kundalini-inspired class to wring out the old and make room for the goodness of 2018.

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New Year’s Day Morning Class & 2018 Winter Session Begins At Peaceful Hands

Morning Intention

It might be a holiday week at Peaceful Hands Yoga, but I hope you take some time to unroll your mat … even if it’s just to sneak in the quick 2-minute session we played with in recent weeks.

And, YES, time to get ready for our WINTER 2018 Yoga Session.

I meant to type this:

Make A Fit, Healthy, & Vibrant Year YOUR New Year’s Resolution.

Except when I typed it, it came out like this:

Make A Fit, Healthy, & Vibrant Year YOUR New Year’s Revolution.

And, I thought … hmmmm … maybe that’s not a typo after all.

Revolution means to “turn around” to bring one back to the starting point — to bring one back home.  Its root is “revolve.” And, for me anyway, Yoga seeks to turn me around and point me back home.

Revolve with me, won’t you?

Make Yoga Your New Year’s Revolution.

Here’s what’s up …

** Our Kundalini-inspired New Year’s Day Morning Yoga class is one of my favorite Peaceful Hands traditions and for 2018 I have a few little treats up my sleeve (plus, keep reading to find out how to get your New Year’s Day class FREE).

*** Our 8-week Winter Yoga session begins on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

 *** AND, The Wildlife Center of Virginia needs a little extra help from us through these winter days.

Monday, January 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m New Year’s Morning Yoga: It’s our traditional Kundalini-inspired Yoga class that will wring out the old and freshen up your energy for the New Year. Plus, I have a few fun, special treats planned for those who start their New Year with me!

$13 for Morning Yoga.

… IF YOU … Register and pay for the 2018 Winter session on Monday, your New Year’s Morning Class is FREE!

(Some of you have already paid for the 2018 session, and, yes, your class on Monday is free, too!)

The 8-week Winter Yoga Session


Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30 p.m. — Level 1

6:00 p.m. — Level 1 / Level 2

Peaceful Hands Fees – the same as they have been for the past seven years! 

8 Classes ~ $72 (take any eight classes during the session that work for your schedule)
Unlimited ~ $120 (take as many of the Monday/Wednesday classes during the session as you like)
Single Class ~ $13

(Cash/Check only. Please make checks payable to Peaceful Hands, LLC.)

More info on classes, including what to wear, what to bring, and where we are is right here.  Or, email me at

And, one more thing …

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is grateful for all the help the Peaceful Hands family gives to them throughout the year. And, they have a special request for this coming New Year’s Day.

Could you bring a can or two of pet food when you come to class?  Cat or dog, any brand.

Brie, one of their rehabbers wrote to us:

 “We are getting low on canned pet food and use it to feed a variety of patients from bobcats to crows/ravens to opossums.”

Mookie is delighted to donate a couple cans from our cat food pantry, especially if he can help the bobcats!

If your cat or dog would like to help too that would be wonderful.  Just bring to class!

Thank you for ALL the nice things you do to help the Wildlife Center of Virginia!

I hope to see you in 2018! Thank you, as always, for being part of the Peaceful Hands family. You inspire me and warm my heart in so many ways!

Holly, Jolly, Holidayiciously Yours, Jackie





Whoooo Wants Yoga?

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who braved the snow to join Athena the Barred Owl and the other Wildlife Center of Virginia friends at our annual Peaceful Hands Open House!  (That’s Athena doing Tadasana.)

And, especially, thank you for your generosity — your gifts of supplies and financial support.  It really does make a difference.

You know that Yoga is more than a stretch on the mat. Yoga is the kindness and compassion and love you learn from your practice and then take off the mat.  And, your kindness, compassion, and love has helped save a wild animal life!

A couple quick Yoga things …

YES, there IS Yoga this week!

Monday, December 18 AND Wednesday, December 20

4:30 p.m. Level One

6:00 p.m. Level One / Level Two

We’ll be off the following week and then our Peaceful Hands tradition …


Monday, January 1, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Join us for a sparkly Kundalini-inspired morning class that will wring out the old and freshen up your energy for the New Year.

(Plus, a few New Year’s Day surprises … but you’ll have to come to class to find out!)

Same deal as always … New Year’s Day Yoga … $13.

Or, register and pay for the Winter Session at the New Year’s class and your New Year’s class is FREE!

The Winter Session will begin on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3.

More info on all of that soon …

General class info, including directions to the studio, is here.

It’s never too late in a session to join us … I hope I see you on the mat!

And, P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s live online “Critter Cam.” (I recommend the bear cubs on Channel 2!)

Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Center of Virginia

Is This How You Do Tree Pose?

Check out the Wildlife Center Critter Cams here.

Holidayishilly Yours, 



Yes To Yoga & Open House Today! We’ll Be There!

Yes, we’ll be there!  While the forecast is a little unsettled — yes, I see those snowflakes outside — we settled on YES for today’s Yoga Class and Open House.

Yoga at 9:30 a.m. 

Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you are concerned about the weather where you are … then, please, don’t stress. But, if you want to swing by … we’ll be there, along with lots of sweet and savory treats, and visitors from the Wildlife Center!

More info is here: Wildlife Center Open House & Yoga Class

I hope to see you!

Saturday Yoga & Open House — Just Say Yes!

SATURDAY UPDATE … YES!  The Yoga class and Open House is a YES for today.  We’re going to be there … and you’re invited, too.  But, if the weather is frightful where you are, no worries. But, if you can, we look forward to seeing you!

Yes, I saw the forecast, too.  It’s trying to snow on our Peaceful Hands Open House tomorrow.

Who’s to know?  You know the old Yoga saying – past is gone, future is unknowable, the only reality is the present moment.

And, at this present moment, I am taking a quick break from baking and cooking and getting things ready for our Yoga Class and Open House tomorrow!

So, Yes … there will be a free Yoga class at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, followed by an Open House for the Wildlife Center of Virginia – complete with lots of food and some special visitors from the Wildlife Center – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come for one, come for both! 

(Special thanks to Rod Sedwick who has worked tirelessly these past couple days to ensure we are toasty warm in the studio tomorrow.)

Did I mention door prizes?


Beautiful original artwork.   Photography from a world-renowned artist.  A basket of Yoga treats.  And, a gift certificate for a 90-minute Trager Bodywork session from Carrie Heitsch, CTP.  (You may know Carrie as the instructor for our balancing Saturday during YogaPalooza.)

I did mention food, didn’t I?  (Dr. Beier’s cheesecake is all ready for you.)

All you need to do is knock the snowflakes off of your shoes … bring a gift for the Wildlife Center … and join us!

More info, including the Wildlife Center “wish list” is here: Wildlife Center Wish List

With an eye toward the weather, I will post here, either way, on Saturday morning – thumbs up or thumbs down.

(I’m rooting “thumbs up!”)

And, if the snow does you in where you are, you may bring your Wildlife Center gifts to class or drop them at my massage studio.  (Just check in with me to arrange a time.)

This is my gift to you – my Peaceful Hands family.  And, this is our gift to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. More than 2,700 wild animals in need have come through their doors this year (and the year isn’t over yet!).  I am so grateful for all you do to help the Center throughout the year!

Randy and Lacy and Amanda will join us from the Center … and they will bring you the latest updates on the bear cubs and bobcats and their other patients.  (Please ask Lacy to tell you about the rare Fowler’s Toad who came in this year.)

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving …

How many pumpkins can fit in the back of a Subaru Outback?

The correct answer is: This many.

Thank you to the lovely Shanks family who have Madison Gardens on Route 29 and who donated all these pumpkins to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The bear cubs are going to have a delicious treat on Thanksgiving! (And, yes, I counted as we loaded … there were 248 pumpkins loaded into the Subaru, if you include the ones piled up on the front passenger seat.)

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving. And, because some of you asked, I am sharing with you the blessings from our Yoga classes last week — along with some from previous Thanksgiving classes.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts

this moment mutts

I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

And, here’s a cornucopia of other gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of a previous Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of one of our Thanksgiving Day Yoga practices: I Give Thanks

I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the sneaky way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving … including this moment. And, this moment. And, this one. And …